Seeding the text.Posted: March 21, 2016
Welcome to all the new followers who keep joining up! We now join our author in mid-writing…
I’m in that phase of novel revision I call “seeding the text.” That means I go through the penultimate draft and leave comments throughout, in lilac brackets. (That’s a deliberate color choice. Red is too alarming; blue looks like another kind of black; green reminds me of money. Lilac is soothing and pretty.) Those comments might be prompted by what I’m reading right then, or might be a connected thought that relates somewhere else; the most important thing is that I get them down NOW, as soon as I think of them, down into the soil, pushed deep and covered over. Then I go back through the text and grow each seed: what I have to change, expound on, rewrite. Sometimes it means I cut entire chunks of text that bore me and rewrite them until they don’t bore me. I rewrite them until I reread them and it makes me say “MONICA WHAT THE FUCK HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.”
The first six thousand words of seeded text: today’s work.
Welcome to my very scientific process.